Add-on Ublock got a third-party exposure scope extension

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  1. Windows_Security

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    #1 Windows_Security, Dec 2, 2017
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    Raymon Hill has released a new extension which records which (third-party) websites you have engaged when surfing the internet. After installation when you click the UBO-Scope ICON it informs you about the third-party exposure.

    When you click the icon, you get the default tile unfiltered (I guess alphabetic) view. When you click on the corner left, you can switch from tile to list view. Clicking on the filter icon on the right sorts the websites on exposure percentage (from high to low).



    In the options screen you change the number of days UBO-Scope records third-part exposure. You can also export the list to build your own (anti)tracking lists for UBlock, AdGuard or AdBlock..

    These numbers are illustrative when disabling advertisement and tracking protection and clicking on a few major news websites :sick:.

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE:
    UBO-Scope shows EXPOSURE not TRACKING. Many major websites have committed themselves to the self regulation FAIR USE/NO-TRACKING policy. Problem is when you bother to read the details of the self regulating policies of the advertising business, your definition of FAIR USE/NO TRACKING may differ from their FAIR USE/NO TRACKING definition.

    POSSIBLE USE: When you try out new filterlists you can get an idea of the effectiveness of this new filterlist. The reverse applies also,when you remove a filterlist, you can see how much the exposure increases. It would be handy when the optios screen had a RESET button. When you click on a website it shows detailed info in the header. It also informs you about the nature of that website (e..g. Advertising or Content).
     
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    #2 Windows_Security, Dec 2, 2017
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    UBO-Scope can be used to personalize your blocklists. This extension explains why some well maintained blocklists are so effective (Adguard basic DNS, Disconnect simple ad filter). It costs a lot of money to set up an ad & tracking service with a large infrastructure. In most people's personal webspace, it is very unlikely you will encounter more than 5000 different ad- and tracking services in your entire living life (there is simply no market for more companies offering these services, see for instance Trackers | Better).

    For blocking malware it is better to play it by the numbers and stack blocklists of market leaders with a lot of traffic e.g. use Norton DNS, Microsoft smartscreen/Google safe surfing + extension of a large Anti-virus (AVAST or Bitdefender). No community filter list has the means to outperform those number crunchers (in terms of webtraffic and automated web crawlers to collect the input).

    When blocking only 30 known ad&tracking websites with a simple Javascript blocker (Sybu), surfing the same 6 news websites, clearly shows that Google Tag Services is the only third part which is used on more websites (red) All all others are just on just one website (17 = 17% = 1/6).

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    Have you been using this or just recently?
     
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    #4 Windows_Security, Dec 2, 2017
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    I found it just recently. I annoyed the developer of uBlock0rigin (Raymond Hill) with my critique that it made little sense to enable so many filter lists by default. Most of the community filter lists contain a lot of dead wood (obsolete old entries). Better stick to a few well maintained filterlist backed by commercial companies (Disconnect, Adguard, MalwareBytes). So mr. Hill decided to write an extension to proof my wrong (and put me on his ignore list).:)

    For the record: I don't have anything personal against Raymond Hill (otherwise I would not compliment him with this nice add-on). I also need to tell you that I am one of the bad guys (in online marketing & sales). People tend to forget that advertising helps to keep the internet free. It is like love and marriage: you can't have one without the other.

    Wel done and thank you Mr Hill (y)
     
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    What exactly are 'the too many enabled' lists? Easylist+EasyPrivacy+Peter Lowe's seems usable and well maintained and with little overlap and most people would probably like Easylist for the cosmetic filtering and blocking the annoying ads and popups on more fishy/overzealous sites.
    The other enabled lists are malware lists which this extension doesn't measure. uBlock filters are purely supplementary to those 3.
     
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    This deadwood problem seems to be the type of problem Adguard's optimized filters is trying to remedy.
     
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    I currently use it for Google Chrome, the numbers are nice and low for the most part, don't need to fiddle with uBlock Origin for the moment. It's easy to think it's an blocker enhancement or blocker itself. It is not, it is a monitoring tool. Only have a very basic understanding of it so I kinda appreciate this posting. (y)

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    #7 Windows_Security, Dec 2, 2017
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    These are facts, not something I make up or theorize about.

    Ad & Tracking blocklists
    I can put adds on my website, but in order to get paid for the clicks per view I have to proof that those views were offered to people falling into the targetted market segments of the company paying for the advertisement. Because the infrastructure behind this costs a lot of money, there are only a limited number of companies offering these services. So there are limitations on supply side of the business case for a new ad & tracking service. Since there are already a lot of the ad & tracking services, there is also a limitation on how much companies can earn enough income to make a living out of it.. The market for online ads has a ceiling like any other market in the world has a maximum number of customers creating demand in it. So there is also a limitation on the demand side. As said you will have a hard time engaging with more than 5000 different ad & tracking companies in your entire life. So any blocklist with over 20.000 entries must contain a lot of dead wood. Better stick to a few well maintained filterlist backed by commercial companies (Disconnect, Adguard, MalwareBytes).

    Malware blocklists

    For blocking malware URLs, you need to collect malware URL;s in the first place. So players with a huge worldwide infrastructure (like backbone DNS, browsers/search engines and AntiVirus solutions with a lot of users) are the ones who have the BIGGER IS BETTER advantage. They also have the infrastruture to analyse webtraffic (with machine learning) and automate URL collection (with webcrawlers). So it is better to play it by the numbers and stack blocklists of market leaders with a lot of traffic e.g. use Norton DNS, Microsoft smartscreen/Google safe surfing + extension of a large Anti-virus (AVAST or Bitdefender). No community filter list has the means nor the money to come close to those number crunchers (less users, less webtraffic, les advanced automated analysis, etc)

    Note: Lazy Chrome users can have both with Avast Online Security. Just set trackers to block automatically (this also includes a fair share of the advertising services). Add Proper blocker to deal with javascript pop-ups and overlays and your are done.
     
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    Correct it is only a monitoring tool
     
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    Chrome with uBlock0rigin on my 2 GB Asus Transformer. uB0 rules are determined with Ub0-Scope. With so few rules (70) uB0 uses little memory..

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    How did you export the rules?
     
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    #11 Windows_Security, Dec 6, 2017
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    Choose options, then you see it (beware it is still a bit buggy, need to try a few times before it actually exports). After a few days I disabled UB0-Scope.

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    Note when I browse non-bookmarked websites, I always enable tthird-party blocking in uB0.
     
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    After two weeks surfing i have collected a whopping 87 websites using uBoScope ;)

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    When I start surfing other websites I DISABLE ALL THIRD-PARTY

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    I thought you were the type of guy who chooses usability first.
     
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    You are correct on my Transformer (W10) I use Edge with Adguard and on my Desktop (W7) I use Firefox with internal blocker. I use Chrome for work, so browse a few websites for news. When I have to write content and am searching for facts/data, I put UBO in 3p-blocking mode. I don't use Ub0 anymore for personal surfing.
     
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    #15 Windows_Security, Dec 29, 2017
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    I also tested some sites with different filter lists. Looking only to the number of connected domains uBo-scope helps to proof that less is more ;). The total number of connected domains reflects the effectiveness of the filters used as a ballpark figure

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    So TerrakionSmash is right Adguard base + spyware + Peter Lowe's seems to be as effective as the default rules of uBlock origin (with a lot of deadwood of old non active domains)
     
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    But news sites would be the first to have filter lists, won't they, given that they're both popular and notoriously have additional unneccessary scripts.
     
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    #17 Windows_Security, Dec 30, 2017
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    @TerrakionSmash

    What you say is true, most Alexa top 500 websites are well covered with Peter's Low list only.

    But there is a reason why the adguard+peterlow list work just as well as all the default lists for most people (certainly for people living North-America and Europe).

    There are not an unlimited number of CAR-makers, there are not an unlimited number of SUPERMARKETS, there are not an unlimited number of CONTENT AND DELIVERY servers and there are not an unlimited number of ADSERVING companies.

    The reason for any market to have a limited number of companies offering a product or a service is:
    1. The market (number of customers) is limited, so the DEMAND side is limited
    2. To start up an adserving company you need a infrastructure which costs a lot of money. Money is a threshold for new competitors to enter a market, so the SUPPLY side is also limited
    Only when new technology is available, the existing market balance will be disrupted.

    That is a law of business, so all those filterlist with so many dead domains have very little additional value.
     
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    But you are correct in stating this. Which is why I disable almost all of his default lists, most are irrelevant and simply add to the weight of it and potential latency.
     
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    He should do away with the malware filter lists.
     
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